Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel has been ruled out for Sunday’s season finale against the AFC East Champion New England Patriots and it was a smart move by the team. Manuel, who has had three separate knee injuries this season, needed to sit despite having to sit six other games this year. This should be seen as a smart move by the Bills in order to preserve their quarterback for the long haul and get him completely healthy come the 2014 season.
With Manuel out again, it means that second year quarterback Thad Lewis will get his fifth start this season where he has won and lost two games this year. His two wins were against a division rival in the Miami Dolphins while he wasn’t awe inspiring against them; however, he was effective and did what it took to win. It will be interesting to see what kind of performance he brings out against the Patriots come Sunday. Backing him up will be rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel, who has started in the other game this year and it was against then undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.
This is a big game for the Patriots come Sunday; if by some miracle Lewis and the Bills go into Gillette Stadium and pull an upset special, New England will not get a week off and will have to play Wild Card weekend — likely against the aforementioned Chiefs. This could be a potentially scary game for the Patriots as well since the Bills have just pride to play for and nothing would give this team more confidence going into next season then beating a division rival in a place where they’ve never won, and also finishing with a 4-2 record in the AFC East.